The gun lobby and the weapons merchants are counting on our notoriously short national attention span.
They are counting on confusion, obfuscation and the quiet mobilization of allies to create one delay after another. Their hope is to keep Congress from acting quickly to protect children and other innocent Americans from gun rampages. The longer we wait, the less likely we are to act. See: short national attention span.
They are counting on President Obama —despite his forceful promise Wednesday of action — to avoid putting the full muscle of his administration behind a broad and bold set of measures to end our culture of violence.
They are counting on progressive interest groups to fight among themselves over whether gun safety is more important than, say, immigration reform and climate change. There is nothing like setting allies against each other to turn their energies away from a central goal.
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